Nicosia hosts conference on policies, actions and funding to save Europe’s endangered heritage

Nicosia will host on 23-24 October the 5th Anniversary Conference of the 7 Most Endangered programme, established by Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network, and the European Investment Bank Institute with the aim to mobilise efforts to save Europe’s most threatened monuments and heritage sites.

According to a press release, some 100 heritage players from 20 European countries, including decision-makers, professionals and volunteers, will participate in the conference, which is organised in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The aim of this Conference is threefold: first, sharing the lessons learned since the launch of the 7 Most Endangered programme in 2013 and discussing the way forward, while presenting EU policies and actions taken for heritage at risk and various already existing funding schemes; second, sharing some best practice examples of saving endangered sites by the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the field; and third, drawing particular attention to the case of the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia, which was listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2013, thus giving a special focus to a country belonging to the wider region of South East Europe which has been confronted with many challenges.

Among the speakers will be Guy Clausse, Executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra, Androulla Vassiliou, Vice-President of Europa Nostra; Henry von Blumenthal, Deputy Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute; Vassiliki Anastassiadou, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, and Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of UN Secretary General and Chief of Mission of UNFICYP. Representatives from the two communities of Nicosia, Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Mehmet Harmanci, will participate in a panel discussion during the session on the Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia on the morning of 24 October.

Source: Cyprus News Agency